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Kipp Sherry
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I'm looking for a prop that can meet several needs. Does anyone have any ideas that would work?

The show would be performed at a baseball field (between the pitchers mound and home base) which greatly reduces the angles that are available to me.
I would like to be able to introduce several other magicians and maye even a girl to sing the national anthem (so it would need to produce 3-4 people).
It would need to be setup and taken down quickly (up 5-10 minutes, down 2-3 minutes) since right after the national anthem they well "play ball".
Oh, and the setup would be on grass.

Does anyone know of an illusion that could meet these requirements. If not, any ideas to modify so this could be pulled off.

Thank you in advance
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Jack Murray
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My "Quicksilver" Illusions does everything you're looking for!!!! NO-bolt set up....produces 3 persons [depending on size] can be done completely surrounded. It has fully automated panels [4] fog, and a "shadow" effect, all powered by onboard self contained battery system.
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Hi Kipp,

Here are a couple of other illusion designs on the market that would work for your event:

1)Rand Woodbury’s ‘Fiver’ from Illusionworks Vol 1
2)Paul Osbourne’s ‘The Arch of Impossibility’ from Illusion Systems Book 4
3)Jack Gywne’s ‘Modern Cabinet’ (modified for your purposes) from Osbournes ‘Illusions: Evolution & Revolution of the Magic Box
4)A modern cabinet that can take multiple people or my ‘Ghost Cabinet’ from ‘Illusionary Departures’

Your biggest obstacle is not the specific illusion employed for the effect but is how you are going to transport the loaded prop from ‘backstage’ (your set-up area) to the field. Trying to move a prop loaded with 4 people across grass is no picnic – I suspect it will be more difficult to move the prop than to execute the appearance illusion. You would need really big castors and lots of manpower and it would still look slow and clumbersome.

My suggestion and integrated solution is to mount the illusion prop on a decorated flatbed truck and have it drive to the performance location. This ensures you get on and off the field smoothly and quickly – eliminating dead time.

You could also forgo any of the above props by building a d******** b*** as part of the ‘flatbed’ of the truck. Break up the thickness of the b*** with aluminum support and ‘pallet’ planks – all logical and accepted materials that form the surface of a truck. A rectangular curtained canopy consisting of a skeleton aluminum support frame with solid top can be used as the central apparatus. The four sides of the curtained canopy can be rolled up and tied to the top so that it is obviously empty. During performance, two girls or mascots unroll the sides down. Seconds later, the side curtains are ripped off from the frame (secured via Velcro), revealing the magical appearance of the four people.

An even cleaner look and probably more economical approach is to substitute the cloth curtain sides for rollerblinds on all four sides. If you can hook up all four blinds to spring open at the same time - it will make for a very flashy appearance as well.

The key to this approach is the integration of the illusion method (the b***) with functional logistic 'equipment' (the truck) used to move your prop. Think a really 'big boy's' version of Steinmeyer's 'Small Packages' illusion from 'Device & Illusion'.

Hope this helps!

Best,

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Kipp Sherry
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Jack,
Your "Quicksilver" illusion looks great. I hope to work with you more in the future.

JC,
Your thoughts on a truck are great, it kills two problems with one stone. I took a quick look at your web. Looks good. I'll have to get back to it in a couple of days and look at your ‘Ghost Cabinet’ from ‘Illusionary Departures’.

Thank you both for your input.
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JC,

You always have so many inspirational ideas. Thanks for sharing them :O)

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Think outside the box and anything can happen!
Just suppose you walk out carrying a bunch of PVC pipe screens (see my site for the PVC book! hint, hint!). They are very light weight and you swing them around, show them on all sides as you carry them and just kind of randomly drop them on the field.

Just suppose all of the people you intend to produce came running out on the field dressed in uniforms - baseball, referee, waterboy, reporters, anything but who they are. Beneath these costumes they have on their performing duds which I assume are flashy tuxedos etc. They come on with one (or both) of the teams, which, unless it's little league baseball, they seem to fit right in with the crowd. Except the team goes into a kind of huddle and your guest stars crawl into your screens which by now have been "accidentally pushed" into a rectangle. Once inside, they shed the disguises and prepare to appear as themselves after the rest of the team scatters off the field in all directions. What misdirection! You could produce an elephant!
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